Submitted by Prairie Schooner on Wed, 02/29/2012 - 23:42
The annual AWP Conference began today in Chicago. Although the proceedings do not start in earnest until tomorrow, with a filled-to-the-gills panel and event schedule, there was still plenty going on in the Windy City today.
Submitted by Claire Harlan-Orsi on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 17:11
ATTENTION READERS: NEW CONTRIBUTOR! This is the first installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Richard Graham. Richard is an associate professor and media services librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studies the educational use of comics and serves as the film and art history liaison. He'll be writing posts that examine UNL’s, Nebraska’s, and the larger literary world’s connections with the comics medium. Graham’s recent publication reprints and contextualizes the American government’s use of the comic book medium. Being a librarian, he has an affinity for cats, going so far as to receive a community award (and the occasional hate mail) for his work in spaying and neutering the feral cats that reside on the UNL campus. Welcome, Richard!
Submitted by Prairie Schooner on Sat, 02/25/2012 - 12:12
As PS blog readers already know, the great Ted Wheeler has taken over as Prairie Schooner's Web Editor--which brings me, a newbie, to the position of Blog and Social Networking Editor! Let me say, first of all, that I'm tremendously grateful to Ted, Marianne, and Kwame for giving me this opportunity. I've been a fan of the magazine and a submissions reader for a couple years now, and I'm excited to take my involvement to the next level. I promise not to abuse the privilege by posting pictures of my dog.
Submitted by Prairie Schooner on Wed, 02/22/2012 - 10:40
Short interviews with Prairie Schooner editors and staff members.
Hali Sofala is the Book Prize Coordinator for Prairie Schooner. From Georgia, she's a first-year Ph.D. student in poetry, specializing in women’s and ethnic studies. She previously earned an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hali has taught at Augusta State University, where she also worked as the Textbook Manager for the University’s campus bookstore. Her poems have been published in journals such as Anderbo, Inner Weather, The Literary Bohemian, and The Peacock’s Feet.
Submitted by Prairie Schooner on Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:43
[This is the third installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Peter Rorvik. Peter is the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Director of the Durban International Film Festival.]
With a curious mix of ultra-modern amenities alongside or often overriding traditional values Dubai is the largest city in the cluster of emirate states that comprise the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. With Iraq now very messed up, and changes afoot in previously stable Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar are perhaps the Western world’s best bet for oil if for some terrible reason(s) the supply lines from Iran are shut down.
Submitted by Prairie Schooner on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 11:25
How about this cake?!
A huge round of applause and thanks is due to Lorna Dawes for bringing this themed pastry into the office today. The cake is covered in both fondant and buttercream frosting, with gingerbread wheels. Amazing.
Submitted by Prairie Schooner on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 11:14
Marianne Kunkel interviews Susan Blackwell Ramsey, winner of the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry.
One of the many things I admire about A Mind Like This is its broad historical spectrum. Some poems profile 19th-century authors while others incorporate aspects of contemporary life such as the phrases “I downloaded a favorite song” and “wind / that bitchslapped me.” What is gained by letting cutting-edge, colloquial diction into your poems?
A reader who continues to the next line? English is in a constant thrash, and trying to hang onto its tail can make for a fine ride as long as you have friends who will occasionally look over their glasses at you and say "No. Just ... no."
Submitted by Prairie Schooner on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 10:39
There will be events celebrating our recent Irish Issue on February 9 & 10.
Prairie Schooner invites you to the Irish Issue Launch Party! The two-day event at the Sheldon Museum of Art, takes place on Thursday, February 9, and Friday, February 10. This free and open-to-the-public event features award-winning Irish writers included in Prairie Schooner’s Winter 2011 Special Irish Issue, along with other exciting, Irish-themed festivities.
Thursday, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Irish authors Deanie Rowan Blank and Nuala Ni Chonchuir read and give on-stage interviews in Sheldon’s Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium, followed from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. with a panel focusing on contemporary Irish literature. (Hear Nuala Ni Chonchuir read from her story "Peach".)
Submitted by Prairie Schooner on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 11:32
Last week we hosted a few events in celebration of Prairie Schooner Book Prize winners Shane Book, James Crews, and Greg Hrbek. There was a meet-and-greet/q-and-a on Monday. Tuesday evening featured collaborative performances by the three prize-winners with UNL’s photography and dance departments.
According to Trey Moody, our events guru, the collaboration came off well.
Daniel A. Olivas on "Latino/a Literature in the Classroom: Twenty-first-century approaches to teaching": "the first volume of its type" .. "scholarly yet practical" .. "there's little doubt this volume will become a mainstay" .. click here to read!
12/7/16-- Michael Lindgren reviews Anne Boyer's freewheeling book of prose poetry "Garments Against Women", a text that improvises on themes of feminist identity, precarity, illness, the nature of capital, and the twin poles of production and consumerism.